Life is….

I am posting one interesting and inspirational story i recently came across..small but significant indeed 🙂

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized the outcome, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall, build wisely.

It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity.

Remember, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”

2 thoughts on “Life is….

  1. Life is 10 %, 90 % is what you react to it. It is in our hands how to do what and when. Some times luck favors you, some time it does not. But you should always try ur best. 🙂The other day, I saw a Shammi Kapoor movie – Teesri Manzil. Ohh what a amazing movie it is.. I feel Shammi Kapoor is highly inspirational. He gives 100 % on screen. He does not know how to dance, but does his choreography himself…the way he acts and the way he delivers dialogues and expressions. They are simply amazing. I get inspired with this. 🙂

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